PipeSnug responds to the Future Buildings Standard consultation

Consistency is the key to efficiency in existing dwellings, according to a latest consultation response from PipeSnug.

PipeSnug has responded to the government’s latest consultation on the Future Buildings Standard by calling for greater consistency when it comes to effectively sealing pipework and service penetrations in both existing dwellings and new builds.

“While we are delighted that the benefits of pipe grommets and collars have already been specified for new builds in Part L of the Building Regulations, we now want to see that same requirement in place for existing dwellings too,” said Alex Lever, director of PipeSnug.

The Future Buildings Standard consultation is the second stage of the two-part consultation on proposed changes to Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) of the Building Regulations. It builds on the Future Homes Standard consultation by setting out energy and ventilation standards for non-domestic buildings, existing homes and includes proposals to mitigate against overheating in residential buildings.

“There is no reason why any new pipe or duct work being installed into existing dwellings should not be sealed with pipe grommets and collars as they will have to be in new builds. We noticed that there is no consistency on this particular guidance across existing and new builds in the consultation. We believe it is logical to make this small and simple change to encourage an uplift in energy efficiency. It also saves time for installers too,” Alex added.